Prayers for Pastors

Make us chain-breakers (a Christmas prayer for pastors)

chain-breakersHoly One,

The stars may be shining
as we head home
bleary-eyed tonight,
some of us to wassail alone,
others to search for the
Triple A batteries,
or sleep briefly, alarms
set for worship tomorrow.

Keep us focused on
things that matter,
letting go of
imperfect orders of service,
secular piano solos,
descants on our nerves,
parking lot traffic jams,
and attendance numbers.

(It’s a Saturday night.)

Give us prophet’s voices,
unafraid to speak your truth
even when it hurts,
even when it hurts us.
Make us chain-breakers
and peace-makers
on this holy night,
every day and night.

We pray in your name,
God-with-us.
Amen.